These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
May 23-24, 1980
Efforts by shippers to raise $3.6 million as a loan to the Katy Railroad to cover start-up expenses in connection with extension of former Rock Island lines from St. Joesph, Missouri, to Dallas and Fort Worth had fallen short of hopes. The Oklahoma-Kansas-Texas Rail Users Association planned to continue its efforts to make up the shortfall over the following few days.
About 700 to 800 economically disadvantaged youths in Southeast Kansas, including 75 from Parsons, would obtain summer jobs as a result of the Comprehensive Employment Training Act. Ann Kennett of Parsons, a CETA representative, said the youths had to be 14 to 21 years old and would work for nonprofit or governmental organizations. The jobs included office work, maintenance and recreational duties and yard work. They would work 30 hours a week and be paid $3.10 an hour.
May 23-24, 1990
Having a Southeast Kansan on his ticket was an asset, but the political know-how of Sen. Mike Johnson was the reason former Gov. John Carlin picked the Parsons Democrat as his running mate. Carlin introduced Johnston as his choice for lieutenant governor and secretary of commerce during a Parsons stop, the last of four press conferences across the state. Carlin was seeking to return to his position he held from 1978 to 1986.
Refund checks for purchases totaling nearly $36,000 at the March 13 Labette County tax sale were in the mail. District Judge Charles Sell ruled the tax sale invalid because it was held only 27 days instead of the required 30 days after the first sale advertisement. Sell ordered the tax sale be set aside, the purchase money refunded a new sale order prepared.
May 23-24, 2000
The Parsons City Commission approved a resolution seeking to use the Kansas Rural Housing Incentive District Act for a planned housing development. The city wanted to use the act to develop 6.3 acres of land in the 600 block of South 33rd and South 34th. Community Development Director Larry Eller hoped to get initial approval before the May 25 groundbreaking ceremony.
Parsons sophomore Joe Heavrin fired a six-over-par 36-40—76, leading the Vikings to the Kansas Class 4A high school golf crown. Bryan Brinkman added a 77, Tyler Brewton had a 78 and Steve Maples carded an 80, handing Parsons a four-man 311 and a two-stroke triumph over host Wellington. Heavrin won a playoff to take third individually. Brinkman finished eighth, and Brewton tied for 12th.